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South Arts has adopted a new Strategic Plan for FY2019-2023. This Plan, approved by our Board of Directors in November, 2017, furthers our commitment to advancing the work and careers of artists in our region, and connecting the arts organizations and artists of the South to resources, visibility and opportunities. Our new mission statement is Advancing Southern vitality through the arts.

You will see a number of new opportunities, and revisions to existing programs, over the next year, including our portfolio of grants. The first to reflect our new plan are South Arts’ Performing Arts Touring grants (known previously as Regional Touring Grants) and Literary Arts Touring grants, which address two of our five goals:

  • Support the artistic and professional growth and success of artists in the South
  • Support impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of diverse communities in the South

These highly competitive grants now support single engagements (to include a public presentation and an educational activity) of performing artists/ensembles and writers who reside in the South Arts nine-state region. These changes and goals are consistent with our Traditional Arts Touring grants, which support traditional artists/ensembles (performing and visual arts/craft) from our region. Ultimately, we would like to see more communities and audiences experience excellent work by Southern artists.

Block-booked engagements are no longer a grant category. You may apply for your organization’s engagement within a block, but it will be adjudicated on its own, not as part of a block-booking. More >> 


Launchpad 

Are you new to the presenting profession? Launchpad is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2018 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2018 juried showcase artists.
Deadline: June 1, 2018


Traditional Arts Touring

The Traditional Arts grant program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects which bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. For projects taking place between September 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Deadlines: Two deadlines – August 15, 2017 and December 4, 2017 for projects taking place between September 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


Performing Arts Touring 

Performing Arts Touring grants support presenting organizations for engagements by guest Southern artists (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance) from outside of the presenter’s state. The project must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Deadline: March 1, 2018


Southern Creatives Places

As part of our mission to advance Southern vitality through the arts, South Arts has launched Southern Creative Places: a limited number of grants for small and rural communities wishing to plan or implement creative placemaking projects. Attendance at the upcoming Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is a requirement to apply. Projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Deadline: April 30, 2018


Literary Arts Touring 

Literary Arts Touring grants support presenting organizations for engagements by guest Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. These touring funds support publicly accessible readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Deadline: May 1, 2018


Presenter Assistance

Planning and Travel Grants: To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, funding of up to $700 will support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development. These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. For projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities. 

Launchpad: This program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2018 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join the statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our juried showcase artists.
Deadline: June 1, 2018